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East County Wednesday, Oct. 3, 2012 7 years ago

My View: Political trash talkers and their supporters have double standards

by: Geoffrey Fisher

Ana Maria Rosato is the former spokesperson for the Keith Fitzgerald Campaign for Congress. She recently resigned her visible position after her potty mouth became known to the public.

Her vulgar online postings are not an isolated incident among the liberal fringe of the Democratic Party. Practically every Democrat from the president to Keith Fitzgerald had a predictable fur-ball over Rush Limbaugh’s description of Sandra Fluke — a word we’ll avoid using here. Yet no one from the president down to Keith Fitzgerald ever mentioned Ed Schultz of MSNBC when he made a remark on May 23, 2011, calling radio talk-show host Laura Ingraham the same word that Limbaugh used.

That one hit home for me. Ms. Ingraham was a student at Glastonbury High School in Connecticut during my first teaching assignment. The Dartmouth grad received her law degree before becoming one of the most brilliant political commentators on cable television. What happened in the liberal blogosphere after Schultz’s remark? Nothing.

And of course, President Obama has declined to condemn TV comedian Bill Maher for calling former Alaskan Gov. Sarah Palin a despicable term during a live show in Dallas. Really? The president pleads that in criticizing Limbaugh he’s protecting his daughters from Rush Limbaugh’s big stumbling mouth. But the president then at the same press conference refused to protect Mrs. Palin.

Obviously, the president really is more interested in the $1 million Bill Maher contributed to a friendly super-political action committee rather than women who might disagree with him politically.

To date, Keith Fitzgerald has not issued any public condemnation of Bill Maher. Yet, he brings in Sandra Fluke to Sarasota and hires a rabid feminist as his contact with the public.

Ana Maria Rosato, Keith Fitzgerald, Sandra Fluke and Barack Obama, all use outrage selectively. It’s time to send Mr. Fitzgerald and President Obama a message!

Geoffrey G. Fisher is a history and government teacher in Sarasota. He served for six years as a public official in Connecticut and holds a Master of Arts Degree in Public Policy from Trinity College in Hartford. His blog is

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